Child Passenger Safety
The Ohio Department of Health's child passenger safety (CPS) program, Ohio Buckles Buckeyes (OBB), provides child safety seats and booster seats to eligible low income families in all Ohio counties. The overall goal of this program is to increase the availability of child safety seats for families who could not otherwise afford them and to increase correct installation and proper use of child safety seats.
Through the coordinated efforts of a network of local and regional CPS coordinators, the OBB Program distributes child safety seats and booster seats and provides CPS education. The OBB Program has distributed more than 17,000 child safety seats and booster seats to low income families in Ohio over the past five years.
Requirements for the Ohio Buckles Buckeyes Program
In order to receive an OBB seat, income eligible families* must attend an educational class provided by trained local CPS staff. In this session, the parent/caregiver(s) receives important education on how to properly use the car seat for their child, and they are instructed on how to correctly install the seat in their vehicle.
*income must be within WIC guidelines although recipient does not need to be enrolled in the WIC Program
Occupant Protection Regional Coordinators (OPRCs)
The OBB Program works in close collaboration with a network of regional CPS coordinators who provide technical assistance, training and educational resources to the local OBB sites in their regions. The regional CPS coordinators assist the OBB sites in the implementation, coordination and evaluation of their distribution programs. They offer a mechanism for ensuring that the local sites have trained personnel and are in compliance with program requirements.
The regional CPS coordinators also coordinate CPS check-up events and establish fitting station sites at the local level. Car seat checks and fitting stations are specific locations sponsored by community organizations where parents and other caregivers can receive education and training from a certified CPS technician in how to properly install and use their child safety seat. The Regional CPS Coordinators also conduct the 32-hour CPS technician certification courses throughout Ohio. These courses are important so that there are trained technicians in all communities to staff the check-up events, fitting stations and OBB sites.
The OBB Program is funded by child restraint fines deposited into the Child Highway Safety Fund. Funding for the Regional CPS Coordinators comes from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office at the Ohio Department of Public Safety who receives funding from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For more information or to contact the program in your county, call 800-755-GROW (4769).
Ohio Department of Health
Childhood Passenger Safety
246 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (800) 755-GROW (4769)
Fax: (614) 644-7740
Last Reviewed 1/16/13